Virginie Efira

24 Apr 19
Online Video Production

In association with the French Film Festival UK, Summerhall will be screening Justine Triet’s Victoria. Synopsis An amusing contemporary romp about a single mother whose personal and professional life are as volatile as an active volcano. The ambitious lawyer Victoria (Virginie Efira from Family to Rent and An Impossible Love), finds herself at a friend’s […]

19 Apr 19
Archy Worldys

No, the point yellow vests will not be reached during the traditional press conference announcement of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, yet as usual in a room on the Champs-Elysees. Even though the Croisette is, as we know, a boulevard conducive to anti-capitalist frenzy, between poorly parked yachts and over-arched shops. However, […]

19 Apr 19
The Sun
WHO says we didn’t need another Spidey origin story? The dizzyingly inventive Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse sets a stunning new benchmark for superhero movies. And another familiar figure emerges from the skies in Mary Poppins Returns. DVD OF THE WEEK: Into The Spider-Verse (PG) 117mins, out April 22 With dazzling visuals, heart-stopping action, more laughs than most comedies and genuine pathos, this has it all ASTONISHINGLY inventive take on Marvel’s most familiar property that pushes the boundaries of what a superhero movie can and should be. If you thought the last thing the world needed was yet another Web Slinger origin story, this knowingly laughs off earlier iterations — spawning a host of Spider-People from across parallel dimensions, each with their own variation on the radioactive-arachnid fable. It even riffs on that Tobey Maguire strut from Sam Raimi’s lacklustre Spider-Man 3, effortlessly shedding whole movies’ worth of baggage. What emerges is the most satisfying superhero saga since The Dark Knight — and one of the best animated movies in this golden age for the medium. With dazzling visuals, heartstopping action, more laughs than most comedies and genuine pathos, this has it all. The voice cast are excellent and even Liev Schreiber’s Kingpin is more textured and, er, three-dimensional than any comic-book villain has any right to be. ★★★★★ Mary Poppins Returns (U) 127mins, out now There’s a lot to like and this will slot happily into Christmas schedules alongside the original for years to come BREATHLESS, faintly hysterical follow-up to the kids’ classic that creaks under the weight of its goodwill and desperation to please. The songs hit the mark, the set-pieces are spectacular and Emily Blunt brings the requisite self-possession to the title role. Hers is a chillier take than on the character than Julie Andrews’, however, closer to the Poppins of the book. Ben Wishaw battles manfully with his moustache and a rote pay-back-the-loan-or-else plot, while Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda is an upgrade on Dick van Dyke’s, er, “iconic” turn as a chirpy Cockney sparrow. There’s a lot to like and this will slot happily into Christmas schedules alongside the original for years to come. It’s just trying so very hard, stuffing that patented Poppins magic into every conceivable chimney. The pace is exhausting and you can almost see the sweat beading on its array of national treasures in a way Poppins herself would find most unbecoming. Fans will love the Blu-ray’s singalong mode… assuming they can catch their breath first. ★★★☆☆ Sink Or Swim (15) 116mins, out now The comedy is amiable rather than blistering IF you saw Swimming With Men — the gentle 2018 comedy about paunchy deadbeats finding purpose through the redemptive power of synchronised swimming — and found yourself wishing it were in French, Sink Or Swim is the movie for you. Based on the same Swedish source material, this covers near-identical ground, though with the novelty of seeing former Bond villain Mathieu Amalric (Quantum Of Solace) in Rob Brydon’s central role. Amalric plays the dad signed off from work as he battles depression and wildly patronising in-laws, though his wife is a more supportive, but less nuanced, presence in this take. The comedy is amiable rather than blistering, relying too heavily on the notion that men with more hair on their backs than their heads are inherently funny. There are a few sharp lines and an eye-catching turn from Virginie Efira as their trainer, who has her own troubles to deal with. Both movies have their moments, but this has more padding between them. Swimming With Men is 30 minutes shorter — and better for it. ★★★☆☆ Prospect (15) 96mins, out now Prospect searches for – and occasionally finds – an elegiac tone that is complemented nicely by the sparse, striking score LOW-budget space-Western that beautifully captures the drudgery of near-future interplanetary soil study, while bypassing potential pulse-quickeners like chest-bursting xenomorphs and PVC-loving galactic empires. Debutant Sophie Thatcher is the girl whose deadbeat dad would slot in nicely alongside Sink Or Swim’s squadron of aquatic no-hopers. Narcos star Pedro Pascal is the rival prospector whose shady shenanigans kick off what passes for the drama. The film searches for — and occasionally finds — an elegiac tone that is complemented nicely by the sparse, striking score. But the action is so muted, the dialogue so workmanlike. At least in space, no one can hear you yawn. ★★☆☆☆ [bc_video video_id=”6027759993001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Greta is a psychological thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz “]
19 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
WHO says we didn’t need another Spidey origin story? The dizzyingly inventive Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse sets a stunning new benchmark for superhero movies. And another familiar figure emerges from the skies in Mary Poppins Returns. DVD OF THE WEEK: Into The Spider-Verse (PG) 117mins, out April 22 With dazzling visuals, heart-stopping action, more laughs than most comedies and genuine pathos, this has it all ASTONISHINGLY inventive take on Marvel’s most familiar property that pushes the boundaries of what a superhero movie can and should be. If you thought the last thing the world needed was yet another Web Slinger origin story, this knowingly laughs off earlier iterations — spawning a host of Spider-People from across parallel dimensions, each with their own variation on the radioactive-arachnid fable. It even riffs on that Tobey Maguire strut from Sam Raimi’s lacklustre Spider-Man 3, effortlessly shedding whole movies’ worth of baggage. What emerges is the most satisfying superhero saga since The Dark Knight — and one of the best animated movies in this golden age for the medium. With dazzling visuals, heartstopping action, more laughs than most comedies and genuine pathos, this has it all. The voice cast are excellent and even Liev Schreiber’s Kingpin is more textured and, er, three-dimensional than any comic-book villain has any right to be. ★★★★★ Mary Poppins Returns (U) 127mins, out now There’s a lot to like and this will slot happily into Christmas schedules alongside the original for years to come BREATHLESS, faintly hysterical follow-up to the kids’ classic that creaks under the weight of its goodwill and desperation to please. The songs hit the mark, the set-pieces are spectacular and Emily Blunt brings the requisite self-possession to the title role. Hers is a chillier take than on the character than Julie Andrews’, however, closer to the Poppins of the book. Ben Wishaw battles manfully with his moustache and a rote pay-back-the-loan-or-else plot, while Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda is an upgrade on Dick van Dyke’s, er, “iconic” turn as a chirpy Cockney sparrow. There’s a lot to like and this will slot happily into Christmas schedules alongside the original for years to come. It’s just trying so very hard, stuffing that patented Poppins magic into every conceivable chimney. The pace is exhausting and you can almost see the sweat beading on its array of national treasures in a way Poppins herself would find most unbecoming. Fans will love the Blu-ray’s singalong mode… assuming they can catch their breath first. ★★★☆☆ Sink Or Swim (15) 116mins, out now The comedy is amiable rather than blistering IF you saw Swimming With Men — the gentle 2018 comedy about paunchy deadbeats finding purpose through the redemptive power of synchronised swimming — and found yourself wishing it were in French, Sink Or Swim is the movie for you. Based on the same Swedish source material, this covers near-identical ground, though with the novelty of seeing former Bond villain Mathieu Amalric (Quantum Of Solace) in Rob Brydon’s central role. Amalric plays the dad signed off from work as he battles depression and wildly patronising in-laws, though his wife is a more supportive, but less nuanced, presence in this take. The comedy is amiable rather than blistering, relying too heavily on the notion that men with more hair on their backs than their heads are inherently funny. There are a few sharp lines and an eye-catching turn from Virginie Efira as their trainer, who has her own troubles to deal with. Both movies have their moments, but this has more padding between them. Swimming With Men is 30 minutes shorter — and better for it. ★★★☆☆ Prospect (15) 96mins, out now Prospect searches for – and occasionally finds – an elegiac tone that is complemented nicely by the sparse, striking score LOW-budget space-Western that beautifully captures the drudgery of near-future interplanetary soil study, while bypassing potential pulse-quickeners like chest-bursting xenomorphs and PVC-loving galactic empires. Debutant Sophie Thatcher is the girl whose deadbeat dad would slot in nicely alongside Sink Or Swim’s squadron of aquatic no-hopers. Narcos star Pedro Pascal is the rival prospector whose shady shenanigans kick off what passes for the drama. The film searches for — and occasionally finds — an elegiac tone that is complemented nicely by the sparse, striking score. But the action is so muted, the dialogue so workmanlike. At least in space, no one can hear you yawn. ★★☆☆☆ [bc_video video_id=”6027759993001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Greta is a psychological thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz “]
18 Apr 19
Archy Worldys

Virginie Efira meets Justine Triet (right) in Sibyl, selected in competition at Cannes – GUILLAUME COLLET / SIPA The French-Senegalese actress Mati Diop for her first feature film, French filmmakers Céline Sciamma and Justine Triet, and Austrian Jessica Hausner are the four directors selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This is still not […]

18 Apr 19
Archy news nety

On Thursday, April 18, general delegate Thierry Frémaux announced the official selection of the 72nd Festival de Cannes. Regulars (Desplechin, the Dardenne, Loach …), new faces (Ladj Ly) and an absent marked (Quentin Tarantino). Pathe During the traditional press conference, the general delegate of the festival, Thierry Frémaux, and the president of the festival, Pierre […]

18 Apr 19
Variety

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup, unveiling an official selection that includes 13 female filmmakers, a number of genre movies, more American titles than last year and an opportunity for Elton John to make a star turn on the Croisette. Twelve of the 47 films announced Thursday are directed by women (one […]

10 Apr 19
The Cinemaholic

Hollywood might currently be the most successful film industry in the world, but it is France that will forever be thanked for introducing the joy of cinema to the world in the first place. The influence of French style on filmmaking is so profound because it has been the purveyor of innovation and experimentation in […]

12 Apr 19
IP CONTENT

Yann Kermadec sees his dreams come true when he suddenly replaces his friend, Frank Drevil, at the start of the Vendee Globe ( the solo sailboat race around the world). Fiercely driven to win, the discovery of a young stowaway in the heat of the race will force him to put everything into question. Guillaume […]

12 Apr 19
IP CONTENT

Diane is a lawyer who is newly single. She gets a call from Alexandre, a charming architect that she’s never met, who happened to find her lost phone. The two hit it off and decide to meet, but their first date takes an unexpected turn. Cesar Domboy, Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cedric Kahn

09 Apr 19
IP CONTENT

Diane is a lawyer who is newly single. She gets a call from Alexandre, a charming architect that she’s never met, who happened to find her lost phone. The two hit it off and decide to meet, but their first date takes an unexpected turn. Cesar Domboy, Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cedric Kahn

09 Apr 19
IP CONTENT

Yann Kermadec sees his dreams come true when he suddenly replaces his friend, Frank Drevil, at the start of the Vendee Globe ( the solo sailboat race around the world). Fiercely driven to win, the discovery of a young stowaway in the heat of the race will force him to put everything into question. Guillaume […]